Do you want to travel? How about bass fishing guided by a professional Bassmaster in central Tennessee or trying wakeboarding in the Pacific Northwest on Washington’s Lake Sammamish? Want a more relaxed trip? These and dozens more are just one digital platform away from Lake Hop.
Founded in 2021 by boating enthusiast DJ Boggs, Lake Hop is a “peer-to-peer boat rental startup.” Imagined when boating was booming as people flocked outdoors during the pandemic, the ride-sharing market connects consumers with local private boat owners — an Uber for the lakes. Traditional marina boat rentals require renters to operate the vessel, which poses a significant safety risk to inexperienced operators, not to mention the many problems that could arise. Instead, Lake Hop offers an affordable, safe, and fun alternative for people to live on the lake like a local. In turn, boat hosts earn money by using their boat.
Rentals range from $20 to $900 for lessons from world champion wake surfers to chill out in a party cove on the Lake of the Ozarks. With over 200 boat owners in 30 states and counting, Lake Hop’s search engine offers a myriad of experiences on the water, from active, motorized interaction with freshwater to days of sailing under the sun.
In addition to recreation, entering the ground floor of the crew connection might be a good idea before demand catches up. Uber started with a small network before dominating the global taxi service and earning a $16 billion valuation in the process. While cars are ubiquitous, lakes and boats are not. Lake Hop already has a national footprint that could continue to grow. Early networking forms strong bonds while giving customers access to excitement on the water.
On the Lake Hop website, potential passengers can search for experiences by lake or state and filter by adventure – fishing, tubing, jet skiing, wake surfing, airboating, pontoon cruising, and more.
Like Uber, Lake Hop’s rideshare program can be a great side hustle for boat owners. And the peer-to-peer program is actively recruiting potential captains. What’s stopping people who are already going to be on the water all season from earning extra money doing it? Lake Hope says they’re looking for both “born artists who love meeting new people” or those who know all the best fishing holes.
Lake Hop is a great way to get out when the northern world heats up. Jump on and into any lake, anytime, anywhere. And if you’re looking for somewhere, the Lake Hop Blog is a great place to search for suggested lakes, water activities, and more.
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